October 9, 2020By Yvonne

Rhys Hall announced as 2020 Corteva NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year Congratulations to Rhys Hall who became the 2020 Corteva NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year on 8th October.  Hall was representing Marlborough and is Assistant Vineyard Manager at Indevin’s Bankhouse. Congratulations also to Sam Bain from Constellation Brands who came second and George … Read More

Yvonne Lorkin WineFriend podcast for Entrepreneurial Women With Purpose

June 30, 2020By Yvonne

I was fortunate to be invited to record a podcast with the dynamo that is Catherine van der Meulen for her organisation Entrepreneurial Women With Purpose.  We talked about the foundation of WineFriend and the things that drive our small business forward and also what gives me purpose and direction in my working life.  It … Read More

The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018

February 15, 2020By Yvonne

The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 $30 I loved the 2016 vintage of this organically produced, biodynamically-grown wine, so I’ve been chomping and stomping to try the new release.  Made by winemakers Kimberly and James Cooter, this is a shiraz that is the opposite of those sweet, jammy, cheek-punchers on the supermarket shelves.  It’s the … Read More

Hawke’s Bay Regional Tasting Oct 2019

October 16, 2019By Yvonne

Presented by Amy Hopkinson-Styles of Halcyon Wines on 16th October 2019. Four chardonnay’s selected by the committee: Te Awanga Estate Quarter Acre Chardonnay 2017 $30 Aromas of cleansing stonefruit, lemon, pineapple, grilled grapefruit, solid acidity yet an underlying creamy macadamia-like mid-palate.  Very pretty and fine. Smith & Sheth CRU Mangatahi Chardonnay 2015 $40 Showing that … Read More

Church Road TOM release 2019

July 12, 2019By Yvonne

In a new move, the release of arguably one of New Zealand’s most aristocratic range of wines has taken on a new timeframe.  Church Road TOM is a tribute to Tom McDonald (1907-1987), a visionary winemaker who devoted his life to producing outstanding wines at Church Road Winery (formerly known as McWilliams Wines) in Hawke’s … Read More

Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 announced

June 10, 2019By Yvonne

Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 announced Congratulations to Pietro Aloisi from Ake Ake who became the Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 on Friday 7 June. Aloisi grew up in Italy but is now a New Zealand resident arriving here over seven years ago.  He has been working in the … Read More

Historic Esk Valley Cellar Door relocates…

June 6, 2019By Yvonne

Esk Valley Cellar Door set to Relocate. The much loved Esk Valley Cellar Shop in Bay View Hawkes Bay is set to relocate to the Gimblett Gravels-based Te Awa Cellar Door in August where they’ll be offering a “new and exciting tasting experience”. The new address will be 2375 State Highway 50, Roys Hill where … Read More

Twelve Museum 50yr old South Australian Wines Up for Tasting

April 9, 2019By Yvonne

TIME TRAVEL – FIFTY-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN REDS Time:  Thursday April 18, 2019, 6.00 pm start Venue: Upstairs Tasting  Room, Regional Wines & Spirits, Wellington with Geoff Kelly Cost:  $55 per person Booking:                      scroll down ************************ Introductory story and more detail both above, or at: The wines in brief: 1968 Hardy’s Cabernet Sauvignon Bin C779 … Read More

Christchurch hosts Pinot Noir NZ for first time in its 20-year history

April 4, 2019By Yvonne

Christchurch hosts Pinot Noir NZ for first time in its 20-year history A 115-strong collective of New Zealand Pinot Noir producers are bringing their international celebration to Christchurch for the first time in 2021, shining the global spotlight on one of New Zealand’s most exciting wines. World famous Pinot Noir celebration hits the South Island … Read More